Students score high on exams The South Dakota Board of Regents heard Oct. 10 that students at South Dakota's public universities continue to score higher on the proficiency examination than students in a national reference group.
The information was part of a report on the results of the 2002-2003 proficiency exam. Instituted by the regents in spring 1998, the exam is a requirement for all second-semester sophomores.
"We continue to be pleased with the performance of our students on the proficiency exam. Once again we have exceeded the national average," said regents President Harvey C. Jewett.
In all four subject areas tested by the exam, South Dakota public university students exceeded the mean for the national comparison group.
The four subject areas are: writing, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning.
"The proficiency exam is really an accountability tool for our system," said regents Executive Director Robert T. Tad Perry. "The results show us that our students are doing quite well, but we are always looking for ways to improve learning."